On Jan. 11, a West Virginia sheriff reported that four were killed in a car accident when a truck crossed the median and collided head-on with a flatbed truck. Another three people suffered injuries. A third vehicle, a passenger car, was also involved.
The sheriff stated that the crash took place on U.S. Route 50 just outside of Salem at about 6 p.m. Four individuals who were in the pickup truck died due to injuries they suffered. A fifth person who was riding in the pickup truck suffered injuries that were described as serious and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver of the flatbed truck and the car driver also suffered injuries, but these appeared to be minor. The accident was still under investigation and no potential factors were noted.
A head-on collision can be extremely deadly for all of those involved, even if they did not cause the accident. In some cases, a person can potentially suffer a traumatic brain injury, broken bones or even become paralyzed. In worst-case scenarios, a driver or passenger can even die if their injuries are serious enough.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding a case, a personal injury attorney may assist with determining if a person is eligible to file a lawsuit. If a lawsuit is warranted, a lawyer may assist with filing the paperwork, gathering the evidence that demonstrates the extent of the person's injuries and prep the injured individual for the case. In the event that the driver who caused the crash did not survive, the injured person can potentially seek compensation from the driver's estate or file against the responsible driver's insurance. While it is normal for cases to be settled out of court, an attorney may potentially represent the person in a trial if an agreement cannot be reached.